About Red Wines from Argentina

About Red Wines from Argentina
Argentina is the fifth largest wine producing country in the world and much of that has to do with one wine, Malbec, which has become synonymous for Argentinean wine. By far, the most widely planted variety -red or white - in the country (almost twice as much planted as the next red variety, Bonarda), Malbec with its deep color, ripe berry fruit and light, peppery spice, has become wildly popular with consumers, looking for a flavorful red at the right price. There are dozens of very fine examples of Malbec from the Mendoza region available on USA retail shelves for $12-$16. Some of these same producers are also crafting $25 and version of Malbec, to show the aging ability and potential of the variety; these are not yet sales successes for the most part. There are other notable reds produced in the country, namely Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. As for white wine, the signature variety is Torrontes, a medium-bodied white with light pear and tropical fruit flavors that is a pleasant sipper or partner with lighter seafood.

Top Picks for Argentina

Red Wines

Malbicho 2021  Malbec
93 points
$10
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of black cherry, blueberry, and mocha with a supple, crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish that exhibits accents of blueberries with a dusting of cocoa powder and black cherry compote. A big, well-balanced chewy red wine with black and blue fruits, texture and personality; would sidle up quite nicely to grilled meats, strong cheeses or charcuteries
93 points $10 Best Buy
Salentein 2018 Numina Gran Corte Red Blend Malbec
93 points
$40
Dark ruby-garnet color. Aromas and flavors of red cassis, plum, and incense with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, complex, medium-long finish with touches of figs, dates, sun dried tomato, and spiced chocolate with moderate oak flavor. A bold, complex and mysterious red packed with exciting flavors.
Alamos 2018 Seleccion Malbec
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Black violet color. Aromas of blackberry pastry, sage, black tea, toffee, and dark chocolate with a lightly tannic, full body and a long roasted dates and toasted hazelnut finish. A bold, complex Malbec with concentrated aromas; a great example of Argentine’s most famous grape.
92 points $20 Best Buy
Killka 2020 Museum Series Malbec
92 points
$14
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate fondue with blueberries and cake, dark roasted nuts, espresso, and eucalyptus leaf with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a polished, engaging, medium-long finish with accents of black raspberry cobbler, creme anglaise, and spiced craisins with silky tannins and moderate oak flavor. A juicy, jammy, appetizing malbec for effortless enjoyment and pairings.
92 points $14 Best Buy
SonVida 2017  Malbec
92 points
$30
Black violet color. Elegant, earthy aromas of dark chocolate, grilled nuts, creme brulee, soil, vanilla, and violets with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-long black cassis, plum jam, toffee, tobacco, and black tea with cream finish with heavy oak flavor. A heavily oaked, decadent Malbec with alluring complexity.
Alamos 2016 Selección Malbec
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Indigo color. Aromas of stewed raspberry and blackberries, flaked dark chocolate, prociutto, ginger, nutmeg, and sweet tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, complex, medium-long ripe plum, black toast, and hazelnut spread finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A layered, complex Malbec with serious body and depth; great for upscale grilled fare.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Argentine Malbec
92 points $20 Best Buy
It’s a Headsnapper 2018  Malbec
91 points
$10
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of bubbly dark berry tart, chocolate graham crackers, cola float, and eucalyptus with a silky, vibrant, fruity full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish revealing notes of turtle candy, blueberry tart, and cedar with soft, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A supple and juicy Malbec that is sure to please.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Red Wine $10 and Under' Exceptional Value
91 points $10 Best Buy
Don Rodolfo 2019  Malbec
91 points
$11
Best Buy
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas of ripe blackberry, plum pie, red apples, bay, orange tea, and toast with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, engaging, medium-length black toast with mixed berry jam and spice cookies finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy Malbec with the rich fruit you crave.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under' Exceptional Value
91 points $11 Best Buy
Evanta 2021  Malbec
90 points
$4.49
Best Buy
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of blueberry pie, baking spices, and ganache with a round, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, medium-long finish with overtones of hints of citrus peel and warm cinnamon with moderate oak flavor. A bold, hugely pleasing Malbec that nails the style.
90 points $4.49 Best Buy
Trapiche 2020 Tesoro Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$15
Best Buy
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of pomegranate, chocolate truffles, toffee, leather, and gingerbread with a round, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a silky, intricate, very long finish displaying notes of hints of bell pepper and sweet cream with berries with moderate oak flavor. A full-bodied, bold and delicious Argentine Cabernet with firm structure but soft edges.
Awards: '2021 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under' Best Value Argentine Red
90 points $15 Best Buy